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Admissions Tip: Crafting Strong Essays – The Rewards of Reflection

Admissions Tip: Crafting Strong Essays – The Rewards of Reflection

With several of the leading schools having already released their essay questions for this admissions season, we’re sure that quite a number of early birds are eager to get a jump on the process in order to complete as many applications as possible by Round 1.  As applicants find themselves brainstorming for essay topics, we wanted to offer a few tips on presenting yourself and your experiences as advantageously as possible. Continue reading…

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Michigan / Ross Essay Topic Analysis 2015-2016

Ross_School_of_Business_Building,_University_of_Michigan,_Ann_Arbor,_MichiganFollowing up on the announcement of Michigan / Ross’s essay topics for the 2015-2016 admissions season, we wanted to offer some thoughts about how prospective members of the Class of 2018 might approach this application.

The overall length of the essay component of Michigan’s MBA application is the same as last year’s: two 400-word essays. We can also see some consistency in the subject of these prompts. Last season, Ross asked applicants to comment on what they are most proud of professionally and personally, in two separate essays. The adcom retains one question on this subject for the coming year, framing the question such that applicants can select a personal or professional example. Meanwhile, the second question marks a return to more traditional topics of years past, with a fairly straightforward question about the candidate’s post-MBA career goals.

This calibration suggests that the adcom found an applicant’s selection of their proudest accomplishment to be valuable information in making admissions decisions. Meanwhile, as Ross Admissions Director Soojin Kwon mentioned in our interview earlier this week, the adcom found themselves wanting a clearer picture of applicant’s professional plans when evaluating applications last season.  Continue reading…

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Ross Admissions Director Provides Insight into New Essay Questions

soojin kwon 2The admissions director at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business weighed in on the school’s new application essay questions—announced this week—in an exchange of emails with Clear Admit. Read on to learn what she had to say.

On Wednesday, Ross Admissions Director Soojin Kwon posted the school’s new essay questions for the 2015-16 application season on her Admissions Director Blog. This year, she and her team chose to combine last year’s two essay questions (“What are you most proud of personally?” and “What are you most proud of professionally?”) into one, more open-ended question and ask a second question about applicants’ career goals.  Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline: Divergent Paths

forkThe following is a guest post from Naija MBA Gal that was originally published on her blog. Naija MBA Gal is a consultant specializing in risk assurance at one of the big consulting firms, and she is planning to attend the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago in Fall 2015. You can follow Naija MBA Gal’s application journey on her blog

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; Continue reading…

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Harvard Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2015-2016

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Harvard Business School’s 2015-2016 MBA application essay was announced last week. This is a new prompt for this admissions season; whereas applicants were previously invited to share something with the admissions committee that didn’t appear elsewhere in their applications, they are now asked to introduce themselves to their sections: the 90 students with whom they will take all of their first-year MBA classes. Further, whereas the HBS essay has been technically optional for the past two years (even though virtually every applicant chose to respond, according to a blog post from Admissions Director Dee Leopold), the adcom has reverted to a required response this season.

While the imagined audience for this essay is different from that of past year, there are some elements of the new prompt that are consistent with previous seasons. There is still no stated word limit for this response, and the program continues to urge applicants not to “overthink, overcraft and overwrite.” The program also asks that candidates take care to “answer the question in clear language that those of us who don’t know your world can understand.” This last directive makes particular sense in the context of addressing one’s section, the members of whom will come from a range of countries and industries. (Although, for the record, writing in accessible language will be a good idea for all of your MBA application essays). Continue reading…

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Star Sternie Recognized for Helping Promote Inclusion and Diversity within NYU’s MBA Class 

Hurnyak with NYU Stern Dean Peter Henry at last night's Academic Awards and Service Recognition Reception

Hurnyak with NYU Stern Dean Peter Henry at last night’s Academic Awards and Service Recognition Reception

Rachel Hurnyak is proof positive that good things sometimes come in small packages. The petite, soft-spoken president of NYU Stern School of Business LGBTQ student group OutClass was honored by Dean Peter Henry at an awards ceremony last night for her leadership and contributions to the school’s community.

Thanks to the efforts of Hurnyak and other Sternies, the New York City business school this year introduced numerous initiatives emphasizing diversity and inclusion—part of the school’s commitment to promoting “EQ” (emotional quotient) as an integral value within graduate management education.

“I wanted to come to NYU Stern because to me it represented the type of school that would be the best and brightest in terms of diversity and inclusion,” Hurnyak said in an early-morning interview with Clear Admit yesterday before heading off to Yankee Stadium for NYU’s school-wide graduation ceremony. (She did not yet know about the award she would receive later that night.)

Hurnyak, who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community, was less drawn by the school’s proximity to Wall Street and its investment banks and more by its location within the Village, where the LGBTQ civil rights movement began in the 1960s, she says. When she arrived, though, she found that there was still room for improvement in terms of making the school a more diverse and inclusive place where everyone—regardless of sexual orientation, race, class or gender—could feel safe and supported.

Rather than waiting for something to happen organically or one person leading the charge for change, several groups—including OutClass, the Association of Hispanic and Black Business Students and Stern Women in Business—worked collaboratively to champion greater diversity and inclusion school-wide, Hurnyak says. “Together, we succeeded at getting Stern to a much better place.” Continue reading…

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 Insight into Indian School of Business Class of 2016


isbThe Indian School of Business (ISB) earlier this week shared details about the students in its current Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP) class, revealing continued expansion overall, increased interest from students from nonprofit and NGO sectors and a slight dip in the representation of women.

There are 813 students in ISB’s PRG Class of 2016, with 560 students at its Hyderabad campus and 253 students at its Mohali campus. Of those, 236 are women. While this is the highest number of women in absolute terms so far in the school’s history, it represents 29 percent of the overall class, down slightly from 30 percent last year. Continue reading…

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Top #MBA Tweets of the Week: Commencement

Welcome to this week’s Top #MBA Tweets of the Week, our weekly rundown of hot topics among business schools on Twitter. ’Tis the season for tossing caps and receiving diplomas—congratulations to the Class of 2015! Let’s take a look at how student communities came together and speakers inspired the MBA grads.

As there should be for such milestones, many commencements were marked with pomp, circumstance and excitement…

From the unusual procession…

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University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Essay Topics 2015-16

Ross_School_Exterior editedThe University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business today released its essay questions for the 2015-2016 application season. They are as follow:

1. What are you most proud of and why? How does it shape who you are today? (up to 400 words)

2. What is your desired career path and why? (up to 400 words)

For more information about the Ross School of Business Essay Topics 2015-2016 or the 2015-2016 application, visit Ross’s admissions website.

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Yale SOM Students, City of New Haven Launch Small Business Academy

yale small business academySmall local businesses in New Haven will now benefit from free consulting from Yale School of Management (SOM) MBA students thanks to a new partnership between the school and the city. Students from the Outreach Nonprofit Consulting (ONC) club at SOM worked together with the City of New Haven Small Business Service Center to launch the Small Business Academy earlier this month.

Recent SOM alumnus Boris Sigal ’14, who directs local procurement and business development for the New Haven Economic Development Corporation, helped spearhead the initiative. “As a recent graduate of SOM, I’m continuously looking for ways to increase collaboration between SOM students and New Haven’s vibrant small business community,” he said in an article on the Yale SOM website. Continue reading…

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